Mid-life women, aged 35-50, are currently an underserved population in the areas of
unintended pregnancy and STI prevention interventions. Common perception is that women in
this age range are no longer sexually active, or are past the menopause transition, but in
reality, sexual activity remains stable through mid-life and into the post-menopausal years.
Additionally, physiological and relationship status changes (e.g. divorce or death of a
partner) put these women at increased risk for both unintended pregnancy and STI's. This
project developed and evaluated a theoretically-based multimedia intervention designed to
assist mid-life women in protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections and
The primary aim of this project was to create and evaluate a theoretically-based,
interactive multimedia program for women aged 35-55 to assist them in avoiding unintended
pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The intervention, titled "Women's
Reproductive Health: A guide to staying healthy," addressed these concerns across the life
span and was designed to increase knowledge about (a) pregnancy risk; (b) STI risk; (c)
strategies to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancy; (d) influences of sexual partners on
risk reduction decisions and behaviors; (e) partner communication techniques; and (f) health
care provider communication techniques.Overall features of the program include video,
interactive tools, animations, text information pages, and various links both across and
within specific modules to link related information. A feature titled "My Notes" allowed the
user to save content from the program into an easily retrievable repository.
Motivational videos featuring friendly mid-life hosts could be viewed on the first page of
each module, as well as on the home page and topic introduction pages. These videos not only
provided specific information about the content, they also provided message framing and set
the tone of the program segment. Other videos included testimonials on topics such as
contraceptive methods, sexually transmitted infections, and other health information.
Interactive materials include an assessment checklist for STI risk, a quiz to help the user
identify the types of birth control methods that best fit her lifestyle and preferences, as
well as several checklists
- Women aged 25-55.
- Women under 25 years of age and over 55